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Need info on cooling new system

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Been trying to read up on cooling, hear lots of conflicting info.

New system is 2.8 P4 Northridge(?) - supposed to not be
the higher speed/later version "hot" one.
The heatsink it came with is not curved but straight
fins. Now I read that curved is better? Any recommendations?

I've got an ASUS N6600GT (Geforce 6600 GT) graphics card.
It has a good sized fan & heat sink on it - will that be
OK or do I need something in addition to that?

I was looking for Arctic Silver and I found an online vendor
Casecooler.com where I found all kinds of things I wasn't aware of,
like hard drive coolers - undermount fans, drivebay fan assemblies,
heat pipes - where to start!?

I've got 3 drives - all 7200 rpm. One 250g SATA, one 120g SATA,
one 120g IDE. I've separated them as best I could in the case,
but 2 of them end up in adjacent bays
(one above the other). Looking around, I find lots of
statements that coolers are needed for these drives.
Any recommendations?

I'll be using the 250 SATA just for video, so it will just
get occasional use. I suppose it runs all the time when
the system is powered up - any "switches" or something
available to keep it turned off except when I want to
do video? That would eliminate the heat from that
one drive anyway.

I've also got a DVD+RW drive and floppy in the case,
so have 3 ribbon cables. Have read there might be
alternative wire type cables to replace the ribbon cables?
Any truth to that, and if so - lead me to them please?
If nothing else, some SHORTER ribbon cables would help
reduce the airflow-blocking clutter.

I've got two 512 dual sided RAM. I saw little heat sinks
that attach to each chip on RAM. Good idea, or overkill?

Also now sounds like I need some more case fans - have
one in the top to suck out, and only other one is in the
side across from the center of the board (haven't fired
them up yet, don't know if that's a blower or a sucker,
would assume blower). There is a large grille in the back,
but no other fans (other than in the power supply which
is in the top rear of the case)

I've got a 450W power supply, so should have at least
adequate power available.

I don't game, but intend to do video rendering onto DVDs.

Really appreciate any recommendations.

In summary:
1) Existing oem fan/heat sink on ASUS Graphics card OK?

2) Need heat sinks on the RAM?

3) Need curved type heat sink & what's a good fan
for the P4?

4) What's best for the hard drives - under-mount fans,
bay type fan systems, heat pipes? Some recommendations?

5) How many more & where should I mount case fans?
And recommendations?

I've already spent too much on this system (what's new huh?)
and am not looking to go overboard on this and keep cost reasonable.

Thanks much!!!

Edited by macx, 21 October 2005 - 11:42 PM.

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I would run Everest Home Edition / Sensor to see what the temperatures are, and only make changes if they are required, usually highlighted by the system rebooting / shutting off, in the case of temperature issues

Download Everest Home Edition

Run Everest, click + next to computer then sensor, do this at start up, then periodically, and when you are running certain applications which would put the system under load
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Here's where my ignorance of these issues becomes
frighteningly clear -

From what you say, apparently the board has temp

How about other things like the graphics card & HDDs?

Also - any chance you could explain the fan rpm
sensor thing? Does the board control the fan rpms
based on temp (if the fans are hooked to the board)
or ?? Or does it just read out the rpms if you have
the necessary monitoring?

Also, I've read some recommendations not to hook
the fans to the board - ??

Thanks for any info!
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Everest will give you a number of temperatures

You can use Speedfan also Speed Fan

Hand up on connecting fans to the motherboard
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